Do you have a way with numbers and organization? Consider a degree in accounting. A key element for all businesses and non-profit organizations, accounting is vital to the efficiency and success of any organization you may eventually serve and lead. Ouachita’s accounting students learn the intricacies of business through their study of financial reporting for non-profit and for-profit organizations. Classes blend key foundational principles with real-world applications of tax and audit functions, preparing you to pursue the CPA immediately upon graduation.

Career Options


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Family Business

FBI Agent

Forensic Accountant

Featured Courses

Accounting Information Systems

Intermediate Accounting I, II

Cost Accounting

Institutional Accounting

Federal Income Tax

Advanced Accounting

Principles and Procedures of Auditing

View the Ouachita catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.

Degree Details

This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.

Learn more about the Hickingbotham School of Business.



Accounting Students Employed Within 6 Months of Graduation

$24k Awarded at Ouachita's Annual Business Plan Competition

Years to Satisfy Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam

Years National Qualifier for Enactus Entrepreneurship Student Organization



“The Hickingbotham School of Business planted the seed for me to be introduced to the ‘big four’ accounting firm with which I will start my career after graduation. I feel confident in my knowledge and abilities while taking these next steps because of incredible professors cultivating an environment for intellectual and spiritual growth. I am excited to see how my career will develop as I pursue a life of meaningful work.”


 Selby Tucker
 2020 accounting major from Hamburg, Ark. 

Benefit from a knowledgeable and experienced faculty

Our professors have valuable real-world experience in the subjects they teach paired with the theoretical know-how gained through further education. Our faculty keep their knowledge and skills relevant through continuing education as part of the Hickingbotham School’s elite AACSB accreditation, an accreditation held by only nine private, undergraduate-only business schools in the world.

Combine classroom knowledge with insights from top companies

Through the Four Year Experience (FYE) in the Hickingbotham School, all business students take part in annual, all-expenses-paid trips to nearby metropolitan areas with fellow business students. You will have the opportunity to participate in private tours and view the inner workings of some of America’s top businesses and accounting firms, as well as the Federal Reserve.

Outstanding career readiness with integrity in mind

Not only are Ouachita accounting students prepared for the CPA exam, they are prepared with the unique soft skills and ethical lens that our small, Christian experience offers. Our grads are highly sought-after by the largest firms in the state. Some students secure post-grad jobs as early as fall of their senior year – and 100% of recent accounting students secured jobs within 6 months of graduation. 


a head start for the CPA

While students who are planning to take the CPA exam are required to complete 150 credit hours, Ouachita’s accounting program enables them to do this in four years rather than five. This also means Ouachita accounting students can enter the workforce one year earlier. Ouachita’s accounting degree is designed so all students planning to take the CPA exam in Arkansas can apply immediately upon graduation. The Hickingbotham School also works diligently, through course substitutions and individual instruction, to make it as convenient as possible for out-of-state students to take the CPA exam in their home state.


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Hickingbotham School of Business

Do you want to be more than a number? Come study in the Hickingbotham School of Business at Ouachita. Here, you will find eminently qualified professors who know your name, who care about you, your education and your future. You will find countless career opportunities thanks to the individual investment made in you, and the direct access you will have to our professional networks.


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